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We need and welcome your suggestions, ideas and feedback. To submit stories, story ideas or give us tips about news, email Tim Yarbrough. Send brief news items for our Across Arkansas pages to Jessica Vanderpool or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5153, or in the Little Rock area call (501) 376-4791.

The purpose of our publication and our Web site is to meet your needs and share information of interest to Arkansas Baptists. We often have no way of knowing about newsworthy stories and human interest features unless you tell us. Your input and feedback helps us to serve you better and improve the ABN.

Thanks for keeping us informed so we can keep all Arkansas Baptists informed.

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Send letters to the editor to Tim Yarbrough, editor. The ABN prefers letters to be typed and 300 words or less. Letters submitted via email should include your name, church, daytime phone number and email address.

Letters may be edited for style and/or length. A letters policy is available upon request. Opinions expressed in letters are those of the writer alone, and publication should not be considered an endorsement. The Arkansas Baptist News reserves the right to reject letters for any reason and is not required to print or post online letters that are submitted.

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We value interesting and informative user comments. Our goal is for comments to add to the discussion and add value to the Arkansas Baptist News articles and other posts.

All comments made to posts are moderated and the ABN has the right to reject comments for any reason. Though our current comment system does not require the submission of an email and phone number for posting, this information may be required in order to verify a person's identity prior to posting a comment, so please include this information in the body of your post. For example, John Smith, pastor, FBC, Anywhere, AR, pastorsmith@myemail.com, 501-000-000. If the identity of a person making a comment cannot be verified, it will not be approved for posting.

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